Hi friends! It’s been almost two months since I last posted. I’ve been honestly going through a lot emotionally and when your emotions are up and down, it is hard to hear God! (At least for me it is!) One of you wrote to me recently and asked what to do when God is silent. Lately, I’ve been getting some silence! But you know what? I’ve learned now over time and am confident that HE IS NOT SILENT. John 10:27 says that “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” I believe He is speaking all of the time. But what happens when you can’t hear Him?
Emotions are tricky. In comparing our lives to a ship on the ocean, when the waves are calm, all is well. But when life starts to rock the boat and our emotions are up and down and all over the place, we start to feel unstable. We start to feel out of control. Fear enters the picture and that’s when it happens. God gets silent.
But does He really stop speaking? I don’t think so.
What is funny is that I’ve been still hearing Him in the little things, in the things I’m not emotional about… but the big things, well… my emotions get in the way and though I’m sure He is still speaking, I’m afraid my own emotions get in the way and suddenly I’m not sure what is His voice and what is my own.
Can you relate?
So here is the big question… What is it that causes us to think God has gone silent?
Could it be our emotional state? When things are calm and steady it is much easier to hear Him than when our emotions are all over the place. Fear creates doubt which deafens our ears.
So here is my big emotional upheaval. My husband has an awesome opportunity with his job and it includes a relocation on our part. We don’t know if it will be just a 6 month move, a year or two or forever. But the move includes uprooting our family and moving out of the country.
It’s exciting, adventurous, and is keeping me on my knees! Your will Lord? Your opportunity? “YES” I hear in the quiet.
But our house… do we sell it or do we rent it out? (SILENCE)
Do we put our kids in the local school or homeschool there? (SILENCE)
Can I really leave the family and friends and church that I love so dearly for something unknown? (Insert tears here…) (SILENCE)
And so I wait and ponder… and I realize the times that I have a hard time hearing His voice are the places that I have fear.
What is fear? The absence of faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God. And I would add, impossible to hear God.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV)
So when the waves threaten to break over your bow, set your feet firmly in faith and trust that He has not stopped speaking. Position yourself in faith so that you can begin to hear again.
Wendy Selvig is the author of Snatchproof, the Art of Hearing God’s Voice. You can find it at Amazon.com or at the bookstore at Westbow Press.